Monday, February 6, 2012

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis: review

Goodreads rating: 4.35
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Razorbill

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
This series finds a way to surprise me. I’m not sure how; it’s not the billions of twists that seem to happen every chapter (Revis comes as close as anyone to Cassandra Clare’s unforeseen twists). It’s how good the book is, but I’m always hesitant to give it 5 stars. And it’s more that Amy isn’t the most likeable heroine for me. She kind of pisses me off sometimes to be honest. And Elder knows what he wants, but he has so much going on that he’s too afraid to do anything about it. He doesn’t want to hurt Amy, which although understandable, is still annoying.

This concept is beyond simply dystopian. It’s what I imagine Wall-E would be, if it was for older teens instead of adults and without the fat people. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be trapped inside a ship after being used to the open skies. Amy’s already found out who’d been unfreezing all the people from Earth and letting them drown. But there’s more than a now-frozen psychotic Elder on the ship. And Elder, who is now Eldest, has more than enough problems now that the population is no longer on their meds. And they’re feeling rebellious.

I really enjoy these books, and again it surprises me. Maybe because it does remind me so much of Wall-E, which I absolutely loved. Also, Revis has great characters development, and the many twists and turns, while sometimes annoying in their multitude, make me gasp. There were a lot of things I wasn’t expecting in this book. The romance was sweet, and still budding, which I really enjoyed. It’s obvious the way they feel about each other, but things just keep getting in the way. It’s difficult when you’re the only mono-ethnic girl on a ship that’s not your home, on a ship that may never get to the destined planet, and a boy who needs to grow up quickly. Complicated doesn’t even cover it.

I really can’t wait for the final (?) book. I enjoyed this sequel almost as much as the first, so if you were debating whether or not to buy this sequel, get on it! It’s worth it.

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